Craft, Vehicles and Equipment: Angel Interceptor    

 

 

 

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by Chris Bishop

 

UPDATES:April 19, 2015:  page updated - new information added.

 

 

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Angel Interceptor

 

 

Image courtesy of Keith McNeill's Space Model Photography website, with permission.

 

Seating capacity:

One seater

Maximum speed:

3,000 MPH (Supersonic Mach 3.94)

Range: 25,675 Miles

Length:

60 feet

Wing span:

35 feet

Weight:

40,100 lbs.

Flight ceiling:

40,000 feet (height of Cloudbase)

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The Angel jet-fighter combat craft is Spectrum main air defence and strike force. It was originally developed by International Engineering from their own 2065 ‘Viper’ Jet, which had previously been commissioned by the World Army Air Force.

However, taking into account the specially designed adaptation for Cloudbase requirements, and following many updates since its original conception, the final blueprint of the Angel craft has become vastly different from the Viper Jet. Therefore, the exact specification of its complete control system and panel remain one of Spectrum’s closely kept secret.
 

Each craft takes nine months to build, in various secret locations. International Engineering retains the design and construction of the craft’s main fuselage, which is made from hardened Fleetonium allow, with the cockpit made from lightweight transparent Cahelium-extract allow. The engines are built at the Fairfax Company, while other companies were commissioned to build the rest of the craft’s many components. The Angel is mainly white in colouration, with black and red marks, and marking of the Spectrum organisation (Spectrum emblem and the letter ‘A’ for ‘Angel’) visible from most angles.

A single-seater, the Angel is precision-engineered, and incredibly compact, with a length of 60 feet. It has a wide wing-span of 35 feet, and weighs 40,100 lbs (20.05 tons). It has a flight ceiling of 40,000 feet, which is the height of Cloudbase.
 

Angel craft on flight deck. Image courtesy of Keith McNeill's Space Model Photography website, with permission.

The Angel is powered by colboltibe fuel, a special form of high-octane liquid gas, which is distilled from the Spectrum ultra-sonic refinery at Bensheba. Its vast fuel tanks of 500 plus gallons capacity and 51.35MPG, gives the Angel a range of 25,675 miles at a top speed of 3,000 MPH, enabling it to complete a mission without refuelling, with the electronics powered by back-up batteries in case of need.

The tail assembly houses twin turbo-jet compressors, one on each side of the fuselage, Feeding twin rear-mounted Spectra-Fan ram jets. Bled air serves the pitch jets, which give control at supersonic speed in rarefied air. Bled air is used for braking jets, or for reducing air speed quickly. A small but powerful retro rocket can be added to the bled air for even faster deceleration or braking. Bled air is also put into use during Cloudbase’s tricky landing manoeuvres. The Angel can perform Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL)/Very-Short Take-Off and Landing (VSTOL) procedures.  Undercarriage nacelles, situated at the very tip of each of the craft's wings, contain landing wheels which will deploy for landing, docking clamp and beam guidance sensor.  A main landing wheel is also housed inside the craft underbelly, just in front of the cockpit.
 

The craft carries extra hi-tech electronic devices; the nose probes houses hyper-sensitive instruments, such air and skin temperature monitors, wind speed and gust detectors, and radar and radio aerials.

A main cannon is mounted on the nose just in front of the cockpit. This fires a variety of computer pre-selected ammunition, such as tracer, heat-seeker, armour-piercing or rocket shells. The craft is also armed with a battery air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles. The Angel Interceptor is also equipped high-powered smoke radar, and a red smoke signal ejectors.

 

In 2068, the Angel interceptor's armament was improved with the addition of an Electron ray discharge cannon, designed to combat the retrometabolic power of a Mysteron enemy.  This new weapon was converted from electron-ray gun into a compact cannon housed in the nose probe.  The cannon works an impulse of static electricity built up from the thrust of the turbo-jet engines. this is then converted into electron rays by means of a black-box computer, which is compacted in the tail fin.  Conversion is executed in .074 of a second.  The computer also pre-selects the target and triggers the gun on a time delay which can be programmed by the pilot.
 

Rhapsody entering the interceptor through the underbelly hatch, from the Amber Room

Within the cockpit, instruments and gunsights are arranged within easy reach and easy view of the pilot who has all-round visibility through the transparent canopy. The craft is equipped with a flight computer and auto-pilot, fitted behind the pilot’s seat. The unique seat of the Angel Interceptor is red, with yellow safety belt harness. In case of need, the pilot can eject with her seat, by pulling an emergency lever. This will cause the entire overhead canopy to safely blow away from the craft, while jet boosters will push the seat upward. Once the seat is out of the craft, a parachute will deploy to bring the pilot safely to land.

 

Standby Angel craft in Maintenance Bay. Image courtesy of Keith McNeill's Space Model Photography website, with permission.

Three Angel aircraft are constantly positioned on the aerial launch platform on Cloudbase, clamped in a V formation, and ready for immediate launching. Entry to the cockpit is made by hydraulic lift from the Cloudbase Amber Room up through the underbelly hull of the craft, so that the pilot is inserted directly into the cockpit with her seat.  The canopy is also equipped with jacks which permit the pilot to open it and leave the craft from above.
 

Within Cloudbase aircraft hangar beneath the flight-deck, three standby Angel interceptors are stored, constantly checked and re-checked by the maintenance team and computer-controlled robots, which ensure that everything is at maximum safety.  Every forty-eight hours, the craft are changed over, so that they would always be in peak working order for the next upcoming mission.


The seemingly dangerous landing manoeuvre on Cloudbase is safer than trying to put down a supersonic 3,000 PMH fighter on a short flight deck; this manoeuvre has to be performed with only one foot tolerance each way and so can only be done by a skilled pilot.  Helped with docking sensors located on each side of the craft's air intakes, which use beam guidance system to ensure a safe landing on Cloudbase, the procedure is performed by putting the aircraft in a stall, close to a huge flap (2 on the cutaway) powered by hydraulic spring pressure, and attached to Cloudbase upper deck. This manoeuvre reduces flying speed, but the momentum carries the aircraft forward in a tail-down position until it makes contact with the flap; clamps are engaged around the Angel’s landing gear, and the flap is then lowered to the horizontal position.

 

 

CUTAWAYS

 

 

  1. Nose probe contains sensor devices; wind speed, gust detectors, skin temperature etc. The fins give stability and prevent nose drop at supersonic speeds.

  2. Cannon firing a variety of ammunition.

  3. Battery of air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles.

  4. Electronics bay and oxygen cylinder for cabin pressurisation.

  5. Starboard air intake and starboard docking sensor.

  6. Port jet engine.

  7. Cabin pressurisation nitrogen cylinder. (Lox stored below electronics).

  8. Starboard engine multi-stage compressors.

  9. Combustion chamber.

  10. Main inboard fuel tank, located below upper wing-frame support.

  11. Wing brace housing, containing fuel feed pipes to engine and aileron control electronics.

  12. Starboard wing fuel tanks.

 

  1. Pitch jets: double slits in lower tail serve reheat air.

  2. Bled air from turbine used for deflector and emergency braking.

  3. Control run to tail.

  4. Reheat ring attached to rear-mounted ram-jet, one on each side of fuselage.

  5. Starboard aileron.

  6. Retro rocket for emergency braking (in place of parachute braking).

  7. Gun sight grouping.

  8. Radio and cabin air control mounted on side of cockpit.

  9. Control panel and column.

  10. Starboard engine gauges.

  11. Flight computer.

  12. Canopy jacks. 

 

ANGEL INTERCEPTOR ELEVATIONS

Graciously provided by John Carter from his DeviantArt Gallery.

 

First row:

Launch and landing configuration with landing pad. 

From left to right:  Port side, front and rear.

 

Second and last rows:

Flight elevation.

From left to right:

(first row) Port side, front and rear;

(last row) Top view and ventral view.

Angel elevations

 

TAIL ASSEMBLY:

The tail is an unusual design. (1) Twin turbo-jet compressors (one each side of fuselage) serve the rear-mounted starboard ram-jet (2). Also on port side of craft. Bled air serves the pitch-jets (3) which give control at high (supersonic) speeds in rarefied air and are also used for Cloudbase landing manoeuvres. For normal landing or reducing air speed quickly, bled air is used as braking jets (4), whilst in case of emergency a small but powerful retro rocket (5) can be brought into play. The lower double slit supplies booster reheat warm air.

 

 

ARMEMENTS:

 

Main cannon (1) fires a variety of ammo:  tracer, armour-piercing, rocket shells, etc. At (2) a battery of air-to-air/air-to-ground missiles and air-to-sea torpedoes.  Unseen on this picture is the electron ray discharge cannon.

 

 

NOSE PROBE:

 

Houses the hyper-sensitive instrument panel; i.e. air temperature, skin temperature, wind speeds, gust detectors, radar and radio aerials, etc. The two small stabilisers on each side are designed to gives steadiness at high speeds, preventing nose dip when full throttle is applied suddenly.

 

 

Harmony in the cockpit.

COCKPIT

 

Incredibly compact. Entry is by means of floor at (1), pilot is ejected into cockpit complete with seat. At (2) is a neat gun sight grouping.

 

DIVEMETER: EMERGENCY NOSE LIFTING DEVICE (2068 UPGRADE)

 

The divemeter was developed as an emergency feature, to pull a crippled Angel interceptor out of a steep dive, preventing it from crashing, and then pilot it back automatically to Cloudbase. 

 

An auto-programmed device, the divemeter is housed in the stabilising fins.  It reacts only when the wind velocity, speed and air pressures on the fins create an equalised reaction and the craft is trapped into an inescapable dive.  The build up air pressure created by the dive on the fins triggers the computer, activating the altimeter in the cockpit.  When danger level is reached, impulse rays are relayed to the stabilising computer component of the divemeter, which automatically cuts power to the engines.  The divemeter then fires the turbo-jets in to bring the craft into a rapid stall and starts motion releasing an air pressure build-up from the jets to counteract the pressure on the nose probe.  The plane is then pushed into a sharp climb until levelling out at 200 feet.  Once the stall and start motion is activated, the auto-pilot is brought into play, guiding the plane back to Cloudbase. The whole operation should take .05 of a second to complete.  The auto-pilot can be triggered off as soon as the engines are cut by an external force other than the pilot.

 

Sources: Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons 1967 Annual;  Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons 1968 Annual; Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons Comic 1991-1994 Issue 3; The Complete Book of Captain Scarlet, by Chris Bentley; Century 21 Magazine Number 15, Winter 1993, Captain Scarlet Issue; Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Spectrum File 1/974/CS/206, Free pamphlet with stickers, free from TV21.

 

 

CLOUDBASE    |     ANGEL AIRCRAFT   |   SPECTRUM PASSENGER JET (SPJ)   |   SPECTRUM HELIJET   |   MAGNACOPTER  |   MEDICOPTER   |  

SPECTRUM PURSUIT VEHICLE (SPV)   |   MAXIMUM SECURITY VEHICLE (MSV)   |   SPECTRUM SALOON CAR (SSC)   |   YELLOW FOX, GASOLENE TANKER   |  

SPECTRUM DETECTOR VAN   |   SPECTRUM HOVERCRAFT   |  

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